Middle East Broadcasting Networks

MBN is an Arabic-language news organization with a weekly audience of more than 25.7 million people in 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, countries Freedom House deemed “not free” or “partly free” in 2017. MBN networks support democratic values by expanding the spectrum of ideas in the region and engaging audiences to share perspectives.

MBN consists of two television networks (Alhurra and Alhurra-Iraq); Radio Sawa; Afia Darfur; Alhurra.com; RadioSawa.com; Irfaasawtak.com; Maghreb Voices and various social media platforms. The networks broadcast news and information from their headquarters in Northern Virginia, along with bureaus in Cairo, Dubai, Jerusalem, Beirut, Erbil, Rabat, Baghdad, and Washington, D.C. MBN has correspondents throughout the Middle East and North Africa. MBN’s networks provide an undistorted line of communication with the people of the Middle East and North Africa.

Alhurra is a 24/7 Arabic-language television network that provides news and analysis to more than 17 million viewers each week. Its in-depth discussion programs provide points of view from throughout the region and the U.S.

Radio Sawa attracts young audiences by playing contemporary Arabic and Western music with news and information programs. It is one of the most popular radio stations in the countries where it can be heard on FM.

Tackling topics not found in other media outlets, Alhurra and Radio Sawa are connecting with Arab audiences. They are regularly cited for their trustworthy news and have been recognized with numerous awards for their on-air content.

MBN Digital provides original reporting and interactive posts on Facebook and integration within on-air broadcasts. Primetime newscasts and current affairs programs incorporate social media into their daily lineups.

Together, these networks deliver accurate and objective information on the region, American policies and Americana with a broad range of perspectives and an open dialogue on issues of importance to the audience.

MBN operates under a grant from the BBG.


Alhurra wins at the annual AIBs

The MBN feature program Almajalla was named the Best Arts and Culture program at the annual AIB Awards ceremony.

Alhurra debuts a new documentary on opioid epidemic

The MBN television network produced a special hour-long documentary on the opioid epidemic, “Overcoming the Opioid Crisis… American stories,” offering a close-up on the life-and-death consequences of the epidemic.

Noted journalist Nart Bouran joins MBN as Senior Vice President

Bouran will direct global programming operations for all MBN television, radio and digital properties as well as lead development and execution of MBN’s program strategy across all MBN platforms.

Alhurra Television interviews National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster

The top advisor to President Trump on national security issues discussed Iran’s influence in Iraq and the Kurdish referendum, Hezbollah, Syria and the crisis in the Gulf. The following are excerpts from the interview:

Alhurra celebrates women’s achievements with new “Sit B’Mit Ragel” season

The third season of the program, Arabic for ‘A Lady is Worth 100 Men,’ will premiere on Saturday, October 14 at 10:00 p.m. (Cairo time) and follows four young Egyptian women over a nine-episode series.


Episode of Alhurra’s “Almajalla” wins at AIBs

AIBs, Video: Best Arts and Culture category, Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) (2017)

Alhurra’s weekly feature program Almajalla was named the Best Arts and Culture program at the annual AIB Awards ceremony. The award-winning episode featured a profile of Syrian artist Mohamed Hafez, who told his story of creating art that represents his feeling towards his home country.

MBN wins best Information/Documentary report for honoring heroes

Gold Medal Information/Documentary, Heroes, New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards (2017)

Radio Sawa’s report profiles a group of courageous women who stood up to ISIS in Syria, took home the Gold Medal at the 2017 New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards.

Radio Sawa correspondent honored at the Multicultural Correspondents Dinner

International Journalist of the Year, Vote It Loud (2017)

Tunisian-American broadcaster Lamia Rezgui

Radio Sawa documentary shortlisted for AIB award

Association for International Broadcasting Awards, Shortlist, Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) (2016)

“The Landmine Man,” a report produced by the Middle East Broadcasting Networks’ Radio Sawa was shortlisted in the Best Radio Journalism category at the 2016 Association for International Broadcasting’s (AIB) annual awards.

Alhurra’s “Delusional Paradise” wins silver at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards

Current Affairs, Human Concerns & Social Issue Silver Award, Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards (2016)

MBN’s documentary series Delusional Paradise won the Silver Award at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards. The winning episode, “Arraqah Screams…I Am Not Daesh,” won in the category of Best Current Affairs, Human Concerns & Social Issues documentary.


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